The U.S. Army selected a new version of Rockwell Collins’ SimEye™ Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) to be used within Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) systems – and will upgrade 332 HMDs in the next two years.

The contract, issued by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), will improve HMD optical performance, increase availability and provide substantial life cycle cost savings due to lower maintenance requirements.

“We worked very closely with the PEO STRI to fine tune the HMD as technology continues to evolve,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions at Rockwell Collins. “This next-generation solution will provide the Army with the highest fidelity simulation available and at a lower cost to maintain.”

A new version of Rockwell Collins’ SimEye™ Helmet Mounted Display, the company says, will improve optical performance and decrease life cycle costs for the U.S. Army’s Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer systems. The SimEye HMD will be refined to include display and optical improvements to visual symbology, providing a boost to the already unprecedented level of realism. Along with a software update, the HMD upgrade will ensure the Army’s continued success in using the AVCATT to train helicopter crews effectively.